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Hugh Sykes is in Afghanistan...

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Eddie Mair | 15:31 UK time, Monday, 8 December 2008

....where, he writes: "there are rumours today of more attempts to talk to the Taleban. But the main event in Afghanistan today is Eid - three day holiday at the beginning of winter. If you don't like bloody sacrifice, don't scroll down.

Heavy cloud over freshly snow-capped mountains near Kabul.


A cordial welcome to Afghanistan from a soldier who asked to be photographed.

Waiting for a cab on a dusty Sunday evening at dusk in Kabul airport car park.

Part of the Eid celebration is sacrifice - cows or sheep. Here, a hole's been dug so that the blood from the cow's slit neck can nourish the roses.

Swift, expert butchery - the boys watch and learn.

Farewell to a sheep."


  • 1. At 4:20pm on 08 Dec 2008, Sid wrote:

    Bye Bye, black sheep ...

    (Yes, I know it's white ...)

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  • 2. At 5:43pm on 08 Dec 2008, lordBeddGelert wrote:

    Brings 'The Kite Runner' to life...

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  • 3. At 08:27am on 09 Dec 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    At least their animals won't have travelled 24 hours on a crowded lorry to get to the slaughterhouse like some of our meat.

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  • 4. At 09:24am on 09 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    GM: I agree, and while I'm an ardent animal lover, it is not for me to judge the customs of another religion and culture, many of which I recognise are founded in practical logic. I like the idea of the blood being used to nourish another element of the world in which we live.

    I hope Hugh enjoys his visit, though I confess I missed the programme last night, so don't know if he reported thereon.

    Keep safe, Hugh, and don't forget to remind the Afghans that we aren't all oil-hungry, blood-lusting maniacs ;o)

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  • 5. At 2:59pm on 14 Dec 2008, ApratimMukherjee wrote:

    Afganisthan looks beautiful from an aeroplane because of the beauty of Hindukush.....otherwise it is a rugged territory..A typical Islamic country...
    Eid is celebrated as it is in all members of OIC..Kabul presents only the best part of Afganistan...otherwise it is battles,bloodshed,destruction,reconstruction........
    Good Photographs

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